John Febbraro

John Febbraro

Manager Business Development, Community Development and Enterprise Services, City of Sault Ste. Marie

John is currently the Director of Business Development for the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC), a position which he has held for 19 years. His position focuses on attracting companies from outside the community and assisting in the expansion of local businesses. The overall purpose is to help the community build upon its economic strengths and to focus its investment attraction initiatives on a select grouping of sectors that represent the best opportunity for investment attraction and retention.  John brings a remarkable skill set that includes economic development, strategic planning, quality and financial management, as well as an ability to develop and sustain partnerships. John’s thorough knowledge of business acumen along with his strong analytical skills has contributed to the success in his current position.


Prior to joining the SSMEDC, John was President of a small business consulting group in Sault Ste. Marie that was heavily involved in business consulting and developing quality management systems. Prior to returning to Sault Ste. Marie in 1994, John held positions in Ottawa with the Canadian Space Agency and EH Industries in a program management capacity.


While in our nation’s capital, John attended Algonquin College, where he completed studies in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. He also attended Carleton University, where he studied for a BA with focus on program and quality management.  John also completed his MBA from the University of Liverpool.


John understands governance extremely well as he has served on many Boards including the North East Health Integration Network, Ontario’s North Economic Development Corporation (ONEDC), the Centre for Social Justice and Good Works, the Algoma Residential Community Hospice and Algoma Canadian Cancer Society.  John is also a member of the Quality Assurance Institute, the Economic Developer’s Council of Ontario (EDCO), Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC), National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), World Economic Development Alliance (WEDA) and Corporate Real Estate and Workplace Executive Network (CoreNet Global).

Panel Discussion #6: Breaking Down Barriers: Skilled Trades

Holiday Inn Sudbury

One of the top concerns for Northern Ontario’s businesses is finding and retaining skilled labour, and employers in the skilled trades are experiencing drastic shortages across the board. Why is there a gap between employers and job seekers? How can we bridge the gap between what is needed and what students are training for? What […]